Film Review: DON’T LOOK UP

Or, an encapsulation *WARNING: SPOILERS* I went into Netflix’s Don’t Look Up expecting to be made very angry. I knew what it was about, and I knew what it was meant to represent. Instead, as I watched, I experienced a mix of déjà vu and deep fatigue. This was an only slightly factionalized version ofContinue reading “Film Review: DON’T LOOK UP”

The Strange Mirror of UNORTHODOX

In which I consider what makes a home *WARNING: SPOILERS* A couple months have passed since I watched Anna Winger’s four-part Netflix series Unorthodox, based on Deborah Feldman’s memoir, and I’m working through how close it hit to home. Not in terms of Judaism, in terms of my physical location. The action is divided betweenContinue reading “The Strange Mirror of UNORTHODOX”

Lit Review: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT

In which I play the Cecilian Defense *WARNING: SPOILERS* I suspect I was always one nudge away from playing chess. Growing up I might have had the makings of an enthusiast if I hadn’t devoted almost all my energies to literary pursuits. Or if I hadn’t been so troublesome at board games, a jealous playerContinue reading “Lit Review: THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT”